A reader asks, "What does The Committee think about tourism?"
C: Tourism a human choice like any other, fed by a natural, innate desire to explore (observing crawling babies & toddlers explains that) exploited for gain by developing inborn human curiosity into a preference for thrills and entertainment, an easy mentality to cultivate. Tourism feeds both the explorer urge and the developed entertainment habit.
Analysis of effects of tourism on the environment can be extended to the existence of roads, buildings, houses and virtually anything humans build and produce. Humans make collective decisions to "destroy" the environment for a new hospital or airport (deemed essential and good, respectively) or the top of Mt. Everest (deemed bad) based on collective choice about the "benefits" or "negative" effects.
Killing chickens or cattle for food is considered okay because humans create the chickens and cows, because of the need to eat, but inadvertently killing sea life with discarded plastics is bad even though humans benefit from plastics, as the collective choice is made to produce the material then products from it.